Square launches the Bitcoin Clean Energy Investment Initiative, a project focused on Bitcoin’s energy consumption, in which it will invest 10 million dollars.

It is not the only initiative of Square in the green area. Jack Dorsey’s company has also announced its plan to become a zero carbon company by 2030.

To do this, Square will use the collaboration with Watershed, which is responsible for accompanying companies towards climate change.

In order to achieve zero carbon emissions, Square will progressively reduce its carbon footprint, monitoring progress as early as the first quarter of 2021.

Amrita Ahuja, Chief Financial Officer of Square, said:

„The commitment to be a zero carbon net contributor is consistent with our goal of economic empowerment, as we will continue to work for our clients without contributing to long-term climate issues. Endangering the environment will ultimately disproportionately endanger needy communities around the world.

Square’s Bitcoin Clean Energy Investment Initiative

The Bitcoin Clean Energy Investment Initiative is also part of this path. This program was born from the fact that Cash App has purchased a huge amount of Bitcoin for its customers. However, the production of Bitcoin requires a lot of energy.

Square wants to support mining activities to use green technologies. The goal is to accelerate the transition to clean energy, not just carbon reduction.

To do this, Square also aims to expand its initiative to other companies.

Jack Dorsey explained in this regard:

„We believe that cryptocurrencies will eventually be powered entirely by clean energy, eliminating the carbon footprint and driving the adoption of renewable energy globally. Published estimates indicate that bitcoin already consumes a significant amount of clean energy, and we hope Square’s investment initiative will accelerate this conversion to renewable energy.

Bitcoin and energy consumption

One of Bitcoin’s problems is the fact that mining requires high energy consumption. As shown by the graph elaborated by the University of Cambridge, the Cambridge Bitcoin Electricity Consumption Index is reaching very high levels, coinciding with the Bitcoin price increase.

Actually the energy consumption had dropped with the May 11 halving. In fact, with the halving of the miners‘ premiums, many people also had to reduce consumption to get back into the costs. With the price increase, however, the activity of the miners has increased again.

Perhaps only the next halving could reduce Bitcoin’s impact on energy consumption.

The problem was known from the beginning, so much so that one of Bitcoin’s pioneers, Hal Finney, talked about it. However, to date no solution has been found.

Who knows if Jack Dorsey with his initiative will not succeed where for over 10 years Bitcoin supporters have failed.